Fort Fred

The 18th century market fair, Fort Fred, was, this year, at the end of April, exceedingly, unseasonably hot. I was pregnant and didn’t want to put myself through wearing a costume with stays, which may not have even fit. (Stays aren’t meant to squeeze the waist, Victorian hourglass style, so I could wear them very loosely laced – but my … Continue Reading →


Big Ass Hat Tea

I was invited to Jenny-Rose’s Big Ass hat tea in April and it was a lovely time. The food was fantastic, as were the costumes, and it was so nice to see so many people! Thanks for the invitation, Jenny-Rose! I rewore what is now one of my fav jackets – the yellow and white silk I got in Germany. … Continue Reading →


Française Dinner, March 2017

A small affair this year. But it was a date and location that were easy for me to go, so I was glad to be able to make it! We were in Annapolis this time – the room was nice, but had some weird red lighting, so my pics aren’t great. I really need to make a new Francaise gown … Continue Reading →


Riversdale 12th Night

At the start at 2017, we went to the Riversdale 12th Night Ball. The food was delicious – all period recipes – and the chef made all kinds of pickled products, which were all delicious. The gown was new – a simple drawstring gown out of an ebay sari. Not sure the shiny material is as flattering – but the … Continue Reading →


Victorian Christmas Tea

Who’s in the mood for Christmas? Yeah. I’m still super behind on blogging anything. BUT I did get to go to a superfun Victorian Christmas tea, hosted by the lovely Carolyn, in the gorgeous Capitol Hill row house that her and her husband are staying in while on assignment in DC. It’s the perfect place for costume parties! The food … Continue Reading →


November Ball at Gadsbys Tavern

November also brought a ball at Gadsby’s Tavern to which I finally wore the second of two 18th century jackets I made with fabric bought years ago in Germany. I got one meter each of some pretty fabric, and I was able to very carefully turn them each into a jacket. I completed this a while ago but only now … Continue Reading →


Halloween

Halloween was the same day as the Pumpkin Tea, so that was two costume changes in one day. I ended up throwing on my Pirates of the Caribbean gown, just because it didn’t require stays, and I hadn’t worn it in like 10 years. Arriving at the party – Steve’s car has an interloper in it: Koji’s costume – very … Continue Reading →


Regency Pumpkin Tea

Back in November, I had a lovely time at a friend’s Regency Pumpkin tea! Here’s a bunch of photos! Amanda: Kat: Judy had the cutest military jacket and hat: Jess: Ashlie and Carrie: The “Fabulosity Club” flag: My very expensive but extremely beloved American Duchess limited edition boots. Seriously love these! I wore this dress last year, but I didn’t … Continue Reading →


2016 Year in Review – costumes

I had another personally busy year so I focused mostly on small projects, accessorizing things I already had, wearing things I hadn’t yet worn, repairing things I wore once (ie, taking them in), and trying to finish things I started last year. I was largely successful at that. I wasn’t successful at much else. Small things: – I sewed a … Continue Reading →


Mini Costume Gala

Carolyn has this gorgeous huge house she is renting in Capitol Hill while she and her husband are here, and she has started throwing some parties to take advantage of it. I’ve been to two of them and she’s also a wonderful hostess. This party was in October. I was really happy Kat came down and stayed with me overnight … Continue Reading →


2016 Year in Review – costume events

This year had what might have been a record number of costume events. The holiday tea, the Riversdale 12th Night ball, Birthnight Ball, Francaise dinner, Fort Fred, Awesome Con, Kat’s Victorian Seaside Party, Jane Austen Ball, Riversdale Fancy Dress Ball, Carolyn’s mini costume gala, Pumpkin Tea, Halloween, Gadsby’s fall ball, Carolyn’s Victorian Christmas Tea… and those were just the ones … Continue Reading →


RIP Carrie Fisher

2016 has been a rough year, I can’t lie.  And the hits seem to keep coming.  I’m so very sad about losing Carrie Fisher. Princess Leia is a personal heroine to me, and she is one of my very favorite things about one of my favorite movies, When Harry Met Sally.   And I just missed meeting her. She was at … Continue Reading →


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